At the start of each new year, millions of Americans make a resolution. Usually top on the list -- Lose Weight. In an effort to keep their resolution, some people join gyms, some sign-up with well-known weight loss companies and others take matter into their own hands and concoct their own program.
Now months into 2011, some of those same people who had vowed to lose weight are now back on the couch with their trusty Oreo cookies. But for those still in the fight or wanting to get started, I enlisted some help from a man who's helped hundreds, maybe even thousands, of area residents fight the battle of the bulge.
His name is O.
CEO of "Body by O", this Air Force veteran and certified personal trainer has been whipping local residents' bodies into shape for over a year now. And in that short time he has become to the go-to-guy when you not only want to shed pounds, but want to learn about healthier living.
Whether they're signing up for his now-popular Boot Camp or hiring him for one-on-one training, SBC'ers are proud to show off their Bodies By O.
During our brief interview, O shared gave some tough love advice on getting (and staying) fit and dispelled some of the most common weight loss myths. Take notes!
ATBSC: I wanted to list a few myths about losing weight and get your take on them … Is that okay?
O: Shoot …
MYTH #1: YOU CAN TURN FAT INTO MUSCLE
TRUTH BY O: No, you cannot. Fat and muscle are two totally different tissues at the cellular level. You can't turn cotton into steel!
MYTH #2: YOU CAN EAT WHAT YOU WANT AND WORK IT OFF LATER
TRUTH BY O: The quality of calories you intake will dictate the quality of your physique. Who puts 87 Octane in a Bentley?
MYTH #3: EXERCISE ALONE WILL GET RID OF BELLY FAT
TRUTH BY O: It doesn't matter how many sit-ups or crunches you do, in order to get rid of belly fat, you have to diet. The more fat you intake, the harder your body has to work to get rid of it. (To burn a pound of fat, you have to burn 3500 calories). So again, you have to make sure your diet is composed of quality calories.
The more fat you intake, the more saturated fat your body will hold. Carbs are 1st source of energy, fat is 2nd source. Not enough carbs means fat will be the source of energy. So you have to have a balanced diet .
When it comes to your diet and weight loss, its Caloric intake vs. Caloric expenditure -- In order to burn fat off, you have to burn more calories than you take in ....
MYTH #4: YOU CAN TRAIN TO REACH YOUR GOAL AND THEN STOP
TRUTH BY O: In order to maintain an ideal, you have to maintain. Duh!
I have people trying to lose weight, gain weight, train for academies, tone, etc. People have to understand that a training regiment is based on a specific goal.
(In relationships) The first thing people complain about is "You did all of this to get me and don't want to do what it takes to keep me" … [It's the same with fitness/weight loss] .... You have to maintain!
MYTH #5: IF YOU'RE NOT SWEATING, YOU'RE NOT WORKING OUT
TRUTH BY O: Sweating is not necessarily an indication of exertion ... It's your body's way of cooling itself. You can burn calories without sweating. You can expend thousands of calories in the winter without sweating. [Actually] It's easier to reach fitness goals in the winter because people feel like they have to sweat so they push harder.
ATSBC: Great advice, I definitely learned some things … Now let's talk more specifically about fitness. I wanted to ask what the Top 3 things are Men and Women want to change about their bodies when they come to you. Let's start with Men …
O: Number one for men is ABS. They want that tapered look … definition in their abs. You have people on TV (like Tyson Beckford and Trey Songs) showing their physique … and people want that. Social media ideally dictates what we want …
ATSBC: What's 2nd and 3rd for Men?
O: CHEST or PECS, and then ARMS/SHOULDERS
ATBSC: Well that explains why men are so defined up top and have bird legs on bottom, no leg work!!!
ATSBC: Ok what about women, what's the number one thing they want to change?
O: [Actually it's the same as men] The stomach or midsection. But they come wanting to just lose their stomach and you can't just work out your stomach! Your body burns fat [so you're going to lose it in other places as well].
In my Boot Camp, I get the results I get [with my clients] because I do my research. My training is three-dimensional: DIET, CARDIAC TRAINING (your heart has to be in shape), and SCULPTING (Fitness Training).
ATSBC: Sounds like a well-rounded plan. And from what I heard the results are phenomenal and manageable! So what are the #2 and #3 things Women want to change or sculpt?
O: Number 2 would be Their BACK or ARMS and Number 3 would be their Butt or their Legs.
ATSBC: Okay. Well now give us a little advice, what are the best ways to tone up these popular parts?
O: Here's the thing -- Everyone is different. Your thyroid controls your metabolism … So there's no one cure for everyone. I look at my clients and find a happy medium that will help them all.
But here's one piece of advice that applies to everyone: FAST FOOD WILL GET YOU FAT, REAL FAST.
ATSBC: Okay so if everyone's different but there's a happy medium, what is the best way for anyone to get the results they want when it comes to fitness?
O: The best way to get the [fitness] results you want, is to find an expert to train you.
The best way to condition yourself nutritionally is to go back to the basics. I teach my clients how to lose weight naturally without a bunch of products, because you (can be) dependent on them.
ATSBC: Speaking of which, what do you think of these Weight Loss programs like Weight Watchers or Slim Fast, are those good ways to lose weight?
O: Because Health/Fitness is a multi-billion dollar industry, everyone's trying to get that dollar. People are spending money for erroneous instruction and the programs are too long, too hard or unrealistic.
With my program, you may spend a grip [on quality food] but I make the difference up with low-cost training.
O's "low-cost training" has had his phone ringing off the hook in recent months with the debut of his Body By O Boot Camp. The fee for personalized fitness? Only $50!
The four-week camp is client-friendly with classes offered multiple days (even on Saturdays) and multiple times each day (6 am, Noon and some evenings). O requires that each client attend at least one class a day but they are welcome to attend all of them.
When O's Camp first started in September 2010, he had about 60 in his class, now his class(es) are filled with nearly 500 Boot-campers working their butts off for a Body By O.
The next Boot Camp starts April 5th. To sign up or get more information on personal training, call O at (318) 458-9515. You can also find him on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
-- O of Body By O is AFAA Certified Since 2009, Expert Rated Personal Trainer Certified Since 2010, And Air Force FAM Monitor Certified Since 2001. He Will Complete ACSM Certification this year, and will finish his BS In Community Health With A focus In Kinesiology.
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